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Let’s be clear about what’s happening here: This memo is the latest escalation in an eight-month effort to tarnish the Russia investigation. It's a dagger aimed by Trump at DA General Rosenstein, who is supervising the Russia probe for the Justice Department. Never mind that the Justice Department cleared Mueller of conflicts before he was appointed. Or that ethical standards do not remotely support disqualification. These meritless conflicts continue to resurface like a game of whack-a-mole; the hope seems to be that the best defense will prove to be a good offense --exactly the playbook Trump used to run when he was a slick up-and-coming Manhattan developer taking advice from the late Roy Cohn: attack, attack attack. But this is the presidency, and Trump has failed to learn the lesson of Cohn’s previous client and patron, Joe McCarthy. It’s not going to go the way he thinks."